Category Archives: Japan

Japan’s Prime Minister Knew He Was Putting Hostage Lives at Risk: by Jake Adelstein

This article by Jake Adelstein should be read in conjunction with my last blog . I did not know that the Japanese Foreign Ministry had been involved in hostage negotiations from as early as Mid November and that it had asked media to maintain secrecy on this matter. It confirms my anxiety that the Japanese Prime Minister is willing to sacrifice lives, place Japanese security at stake in order to advance his own agenda for revising the Japanese Constitution, remilitarising and developing an independent military capacity to engage in out of area operations whenever he wishes to. The West and Japan have not learned from the past. It is willingly expanding the military response to IS horror tactics which is exactly what ISIS wants. It wishes to provoke deeper Western engagement in the brutal conflicts over the future shape of the Middle East. Continue reading

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Hiroshima Day August 6th 2014

Hiroshima Day-6th August 2014 Kevin P Clements     Instead of commemorating Hiroshima day with my colleagues, students and friends at the Dunedin Peace Pole, I’m on a Singapore airlines flight flying from Christchurch to Singapore and then on to … Continue reading

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Re-interpret the Constitution-Militarise the Region.

Re-Interpret the Constitution-Militarise the Region. Kevin P Clements Shinzo Abe’s unilateral re-intrepretation of the Japanese Constitution was justified in terms of “Collective Defence”  particularly of the the Japanese homeland. What was not stated, however, in the official justifications  was that … Continue reading

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Reinterpretation of Article 9 a major challenge to peace in North East Asia and the rest of the world

Reinterpreting Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is a challenge to Peace in North East Asia.   Professor Kevin P Clements Director National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Otago University Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision   to “ reinterpret” … Continue reading

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